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is safe and sound this morning. >> great news. >> all of those smears are absolutely false. >> a cnn exclusive, new jersey senator bob menendez fights back against allegations of partying with prostitutes. >> and solving the super bowl blackout this morning. at least we know who's not to blame. good morning, almost to "early start" this tuesday morning. i'm christine romans. john berman will join us later on "starting point." >>> let's get started here. a 5-year-old boy held captive for six days in an underground bunker in alabama is back in the arms of his farmly this morning. we are so happy to report that. we're told that he is thrilled to be reunited with his favorite toy which is a dinosaur. little ethan's kidnaper is dead, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes killed yesterday in the fbi raid that freed that little boy. victor blackwell, live from midland city, alabama this morning. i know you're very excited to be sharing this information, victor. what do we know about the raid and why law enforcement actually decided to go in? >> good morning, zoraida. two reasons primarily. the first
an emergency meeting. according to minutes of meetings obtained by cnn, hundreds of thousands of dollars were allocated to upgrade the lines into the superdome. one person says it was done in december of 2012. what's the culprit? it could be a switch gear. entergy says one switch gear tripped due to an anomaly. power was rerouted to the superdome through an auxiliary line, but all the systems needed to be rebooted before it came on line and the game could resume. it's bringing the switch gear maker on site to determine if that was the cause. >> all parties involved, not only the owners of the equipment, the people that developed the equipment, we have all of them coming in. everybody's going to analyze their equipment. we have the real time data from entergy because that's done on a minute-to-minute basis. >> reporter: and we're told this afternoon that the power company, entergy, along with the superdome's management group, are planning to hire an i independent third party manager to analyze that. >> what about the accounts that suggest that beyonce's rehearsal tripped the power during the w
an explosive report on a gay lobby lurking in the vatican. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is in rome. >> they are blasting in uncharacteristically strong terms, fredricka, are these reports, reports that appeared in a daily newspaper, "la repubblica" and a week live magazine panorama which suggests that indeed this group of three cardinals who were assigned by pope benedict to look into wrongdoing in the vatican found or allegedly uncovered, according to these publications a network of gay priests within the vatican who were being blackmailed according to these reports by a network of male prostitutes in rome. now, the vatican is roundly denying that these reports taking place, accusing the italian media of trying to influence the conclave, that group of 116 cardinals who will be meeting in the next few weeks in rome or rather in the vatican city to elect the next pope. fredricka in. >> in general, are people taking this report seriously throughout rome, or is there some reticence to embrace it? >> well, that depends who you speak to. now, some of the so-called veteran vat
the footage as it was broadcast on iranian state media. he claims it was a drone iran downed in 2011. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity of this video. we reached out to the pentagon for comment but have not heard back yet. nick robertson is following developments in london. is this the same drone that the united states said was returned to the united states? >> it looks like the same one. the iranians say it was flying 140 miles into their airspace off their northeastern corner, close to the border with afghanistan. the iranians are saying this aircraft was flying from the kandahar airfield base inside afghanistan, and some of the footage, and i looked at it, some of it could be kandahar air base but there's no guarantee this video came from the aircraft in question here. did they get this video from somewhere els? it's not clear. there's no way to verify at the moment what the iranians are saying. the spokesman that the iranians are putting forward says that the aircraft was sent to california several times in 2010 for repair and used for operations inside pakistan. >> tra
and tweet the show, and like us on facebook. thanks very much for watching. the news continues next on cnn. >>> i am don lemon and breaking news is that we are awaiting a press conference, a news conference that we expect to start in a moment, that will bring you the information, we will bring it to you as soon as possible and it's the information on the horrific crash. here it is, seconds before the finish line, and then disaster. a rookie racer's car is sent hurdling into the fence, protecting the grandstand, it breaks into flaming pieces and tire and other debris fly through and over the fence. at least 17 fans were injured, one critically. no drivers were hurt. joe carter, cnn po nmpn sports is standing there. let's start with joe. joe, what can you tell us about the injured now? >> well, we are still waiting for an update, date of birth, we know, that like you said, no drivers hurt in this. all 12 drivers were involved in the action and all 12 drivers were checked out at the track hospital. it's standard operating procedure for nascar to have the drivers checked. they were all looked
of political constraints that he faced just 12 months ago. >> reporter: white house officials tell cnn that tonight's address will bookend the president's inaugural speech last month when he laid out aggressive themes on gun control and immigration and mentioned some unexpected subjects. >> some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. >> reporter: while president obama is expected to aur more specifics on some of the issues, white house officials say the overall focus tonight will be the economy and adding jobs for the middle class. that topic got surprisingly little attention in the inaugural address. >> he hasn't given us an idea whether there is a sigs can't agenda that he wants to pursue/design to try to accelerate economic growth and economic recovery. that's been the big missing piece all the way through last year and we'll see whether it's filled in in the
arriving. even wrote to a cnn reporter last month. i dare to respond only moved by seriousness of the media you represent, since as you can imagine, i am deeply concerned about my security. cnn responded asking peter williams to meet us anywhere, even here to give us proof that any of his allegations were true. we have since sent six e-mails to p. williams. the response -- silence. we tracked down the source of the e-mails through a technical school in santa domingo to this internet provider where we were promptly escorted into an office where the company denied the e-mail came from one of its customers. >> is there any way you would give us the information on this man? >> i cannot identify right now that name and also the ip address is not from here for us. >> the dominican republic's district attorney's office confirmed to cnn the office is about to investigate the source of peter williams and his damaging e-mails. but so far, internet only and unproven scandal, however, has brought more scrutiny on the very real business dealings of one of senator menendez's closest friends. dr. salomon
believe i heard rifle shots. >> reporter: sources tell cnn what brian martin heard was a diversion. agents rushed in, dykes shot at them, but in the end, he was killed. ethan was rescued. >> which i never doubted my god and he answered our prayer. >> reporter: a nightly prayer vigil became a celebration of ethan's rescue and his 6th birthday. >> well, this is just the start of it. >> reporter: april mcdaniel is a local police officer. she's also a mother. she started a facebook campaign to collect birthday cards for ethan. thousands have responded. >> i just wish i could be there to see hits the face when he sees all the response. how many people really care and love. >> reporter: ethan's home from the hospital to celebrate and heal. this is also a time to heal for the family of charles poland, the bus driver who was killed a little more than a week ago. that route he drove thousand has a new bus, a new driver. the superintendent tells us that a pastor spoke with the students at the start back to school and the number of the bus he drove will be retired. they're also planning a birthday pa
long bore i need to head home. >> he might be the next one moving back home. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> that does it for this edition of "360." thanks for watching. "early start" begins right now. >>> that does it for this edition of "360." thanks for watching. "early start" begins right now. >>> happening right now, the decision on bail for oscar pistorius will happen just hours from now. will the olympian accused of killing his model girlfriend be free freed on bail? >>> shootout on the las vegas strip. police this morning on the hunt for the gunmen who left three dead in a hail of bullets and a fiery crash in front of some really terrified tourists. >>> going nowhere. national guard troops searching for stranded drivers in the midwest. snow, sleet, freezing rain could spell dangerous driving conditions for a massive portion of the country. look at that. >> wow! >> good morning. i'm christine romans in for john berman today. >> i'm zoraida sam bbowlin. it is friday, february 22nd. >>> we have learned that at 7:30 this morning, oscar pistorius will learn the decision in
like this. my understanding is cnn received a package that included a replica of that coin with three bullet holes. >> plus, guns, drones, and the state of the go prb. >> we would be talking about hearings before congress. we would have people talking about impeachment. >> and the snow storm takes direct aim at the northeast. we're tracking what could be a record-breaking blizzard. this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening. we're tracking two ferocious storm systems barreling towards the east coast tonight. they're expecting to slam into each other in the next few hours. boston could see snowfall of 2 to 3 inches an hour. nearly 3,000 flights are canceled already as the airports batten down the hatches. weather forecast from chad myers in a few minutes. the west coast, we're tracking the manhunt for ex-lapd cop. the suspect' burned truck has been dound about 100 miles northeast of los angeles. he vowed to wage war on police. three people are dead, one officer, the daughter of a former officer, and her fiancfi. we begin with kyung lah. what is the latest on the manhunt for this
light was followed by a series of deafening explosions. listen to this. an expert tells cnn that the debt nation appears to be the equivalent of roughly 300 kilotons of tnt. that is about the same magnitude of a nuclear blast. the impact on populated areas is widespread and historic. the concussion shattered windows. at least 1,000 people are hurt and cnn's mary snow is keeping track of it and there's a lot to keep track of. this is unbelievable, isn't it? >> it is. and frightening. you showed incredible video. more continues to come in. the scene was surreal has the meteor struck sending off mass confusion. meteors scattered over three of damage to about 3,000 buildings. it came out of nowhere. the bright streak long enough to capture on camera as it lurched towards earth and exploded. a deafening boom followed over russia. the sonic boom shattered glass. at least 1,000 people in the bulls eye of the falling meteor were injured. it's a bombing, says this man. there were reports that a large chunk of it was found in a lake. as frightening as it was, scientists say it's not a
for cnn in minot, north dakota. >>> new developments in the all-out man hunt for a suspected cop killer. right now police keting a california indian reservation. >>> and bracing for a snow making monster. a blizzard taking aim right now at the entire northeast. major cities like boston, right here in new york, smash dab in its path. thousands of flights have already been canceled. good morning. welcome to "early start" this morning. i'm christine romans. john berman is off today. >> thanks for joining us, everyone. i'm zoraida sambolin. it is friday, february 8th. it is 5:00 a.m. here in the east. let's get started. millions of people bracing for what could be a blizzard for the ages. take a look at the monster storm that's about to bury boston and bring misery to millions in the northeast. forecasters are using words like epic, historic to describe this massive storm. you're looking at live pictures from new york now. the big apple is also preparing for dangerous winds and up to a foot of snow, perhaps even more. a lot of schools are doing early dismissal today. right now 23 million pe
on cnn. much more coming up here in "the situation room" as well. >>> meanwhile, a surprise announcement by president obama. the man who led allied forces in afghanistan is retiring from the united states military. the marine corps john allen was on track to become nato's next supreme commander but he's stepping down because of health issues in his family. the president calls general allen one of america's finest military leaders. now he will retire. >>> let's get to one of the most daring robberies we've seen in some time. thieves dressed as police broke into an airport in europe, got into a plane's cargo hold, and got away with some $50 million in diamonds. cnn's tom foreman has the details which sound straight out of a film from hollywood. what happened here, tom? >> you're right, wolf. here's brussels, belgian, and this is what happened. this airplane was getting ready to leave from the airport for a short little flight over to zurich. what they didn't know at that time is that two vehicles with eight robbers, according to authorities, were cutting a fence down here and getting on to
, and it didn't have to go down like this. >> thank you, dr. drew. i'm don lemon at the cnn headquarters in atlanta. thank you for watching. i will see you back here again next weekend. >>> this is story of a man who swore to uphold the law, and that is how it began for a police cadet named christopher dorner, but it ended after a deadly manhunt and a reign of terror. his duty to serve and to mete out punishment for the men and women of the police force that mattered to him. and then from the roots of the rage and to the rage and the inferno that consumed him. our search for a cop killer. randy kaye. >>> it has been a long two weeks as a lone gunman fueled by anger set out on a killing rampage. tonight from los angeles, we bring you the story of one man who waged a deadly war of retribution, and take you inside one of the largest manhunts in los angeles police history. >> reporter: for almost a decade irvine, california, has been known as the safest city in america. but in early february, this l.a. suburb was the scene of a terrible double murder. a crime that at the time offered no hint
a lot of people. rasmussen and gallup both predicted a romney victory. and piers, cnn had a 47/47 tie race in its final poll 48 hours before the polls opened. >> what do you think about that guy nate silver? all he did was crunch the numbers. right? and he got it bang on from start to finish. how can a pundit who is as experienced as you, with great respect, be so wrong where this guy just sits on his computer crunching numbers and data and gets it completely right? >> well, fiorello laguardia when he was mayor of new york said i don't make many mistakes but when i make one it's a butte. and this one was a beaut. over my life, piers, 1995 i predicted clinton would win. and i brought him back. nobody else said he could. 2000 i said bush was going it win. '04 i said bush was going to win. '06 i said the republicans are going to lose both houses. '08 i predicted an obama win -- >> you're making this sound well like you've been one of the world's great pundits. but i have -- >> and in 2010 i was the only person that said the republicans would pick up 60 to 80 seats. >> but dick, as you kn
for watching, everyone. >>> from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "early start weekend" good to see you and here we go, again. more snow plablanketing the easn u.s. causing massive pileups. >>> new details of oscar pistorius what his family is telling us about the super star. >>> do you know who is turning 50? a look back at the man, the legend, michael jordan. it is sunday, february 17th. >>> good morning to you. getting up early today. i'm christi paul in for randi kaye. i want to start with you in vatican city for a beginning and end of sorts here. pope benedict xvi is residing from st. peter's square right now. this is one of the last appearances he will make as pope. on the other end of the spectrum it is audition day for some of his successors. joining me now from rome cnn international correspondent ben wedemen. ben, i want to start with pope benedict. how will he spend his last 11 days now as pope? >> well, right now what we see is a much larger crowd that he's addressing in st. peter's square. numbers as high as 150,000 people on a normal sunday it wouldn't be even half tha
at the cnn headquarters in atlanta. thank you for watching. i will see you back here again next weekend. >>> this is story of a man who swore to uphold the law, and that is how it began for a police cadet named christopher dorner, but it ended after a deadly manhunt and a reign of terror. his duty to serve and to mete out punishment for the men and women of the police force that mattered to him. and then from the roots of the rage and to the rage and the inferno that consumed him. our search for a cop killer. randy kaye. >>> it has been a long two weeks as a lone gunman fueled by anger >>> it has been a long two weeks as a lone gunman fueled by anger set out on a killing rampage. tonight from los angeles, we bring you the story of one man who waged a deadly war of retribution, and take you inside one of the largest manhunts in los angeles police history. >> reporter: for almost a decade irvine, california, has been known as the safest city in america. but in early february, this l.a. suburb was the scene of a terrible double murder. a crime that at the time offered no hint of the terror
lines and the spa gattii tangle of cell phone cords and as the ship came into sight from a cnn helicopter, a call for help, an sos and the most heart warming scene of the trip, a valentine, fashioned out of life vests. as they finally left their nightmare behind, some took a souvenir. >> sorry, carnival for taking your bathrobe, i did not pay for this, but figured they owed me. >> and ready seem ready to do it again, at least someday. >> i'm going to keep my feet on land for a little while. but if you get a free seven-day cruise, how can you pass that up, right? >> now, as part of the competition, because we thank ceo went out and apologized. they are offering hotel rooms so they could get a good night sleep before they go home. carnival cruiselines booked the entire holiday inn in mobile, alabama, for many weary passengers to stay the night before heading home and that's where we find victor blackwell, that hotel. i was leaving my hotel room a couple of hours ago. a lot of crew members leaving. they were relieved. i can only imagine how passengers feel. >> reporter: about 25 m
that they presented in the court yesterday. cnn, johannesburg. >>> just into cnn this morning, nike announced suspending the contract with oscar pistorius. the deal is worth $2 million. and an ad featuring him i'm the bull net the chamber has been pulled. nike saying in the statement, "we believe oscar pistorius should ab forded due process and we'll continue to money tore the situation osely." again, nike suspending their contract with oscar pistorius. >>> meantime, all reeva steenkamp's parents wants is the truth. as for the possibility of pistorius being granted bail today, here's what he told cnn's jake tapper. >> i don't have any absolutely terrible bad feelings. i'm not wishing bad things on anyone else. but if i were to detatch myself from the situation which i suppose i can't do, under the circumstances, i would think it would be rather strange if someone who did something like this were to get bail. >> coming up at 6:30 eastern, we'll break down this morning's development at the pistorius bail hearing with cnn legal contributor. >>> 30 million people are in the path of a huge winter
in chicago just days after performing for the obama inauguration. cnn's thooena jones is on the south side of check at the funeral. athena, you've had a chance to talk with some family and friends. what are they saying? >> well, you know, we've been viewing the ceremony from our truck out here. we have a live feed in. this has been a very emotional day certainly for hadiyah pendleton's friends and family and particularlial last half hour or so. we've seen more than a dozen young people, many of them young women who described themselves as best friends of hadial pendleton and a few young men talk about what she was like, a common theme is she smiled a lot. that she was a mentor and filled with laughter. let's listen to what one of these young people had to say. >> like the vibrant color purple, she chose spirituality and imagination. hadyia, you're beautiful like diamonds in the sky. and you've already begun to shine. >> and you heard her refer to the color purple. that is said to be hadiyah's favorite colors. and as you also heard from that young lady, quite emotional. some people said one
they shot the whole thing in three days. ♪ i'm brianna keilar at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. hope you have a great night and a great week. ♪ >>> path of destruction. a powerful tornado strikes mississippi. they are still assessing the damage right now. >> bracing for more, people still digging out from the northeast blizzard. now they face another potential weather threat today. >> stranded at sea. thousands of cruise ship passengers right now waiting for help after a fire leaves them adrift in the gulf of mexico. >> we're arguing whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. >> nothing but fun. the band grabs two trophies including song of the year at the grammys. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm john berman. it's monday, february 11th. down south the painstaking cleanup is getting underway this morning. a monster tornado ripped through southern mississippi overnight tearing apart homes, businesses and causing dooj a university campus. at least a dozen people were injured. a storm chaser caught this unbelievable sight. a funnel
on cnn. it was entitled "american hero, the uncommon valor of clint romesha" and you spent time with him this weekend and some of his army buddies as well. >> they were all coming into town and it was going to be very fancy, the white house event, the pentagon event. and i figured the least i could do as somebody who -- they had been so nice to me in writing this book, they spent hours with me telling their stories, the least i could do is throw them a reunion. so we had a little get together with some pizza and beer and wings and there was some revelry as one might expect with somebody said to me, open bar with a bunch of troops, you're a brave man. i'm certainly not a brave man. but in any case, it was a lot of fun and fun for the troops to see each other after two years away, after they got back from the deployment. >> well done. and excellent book, the outpost, an untold story of american valor. let me show it to our viewers. i think people want to get more information, this is the place to get it in this very thick, long book, well done. >> thank you. you know, there are a lot of br
there in big bear. martin? >> also, cnn has obtained some exclusive images of dorner firing a gun. tell us about them. >> reporter: yeah. cnn obtained exclusive video of chris dorner during his cadet training days in 2005. very chilling video, consider considering circumstances for his search right now. still on the loose right now. the video we have shows him firing his weapon, exercise training and it really shows the strength of this man, 270 pounds, six-feet tall, seen carrying a 300-pound dummy just effortlessly. we received that tape yesterday. that's exclusive video to cnn. just a new development, new images and sort of gives uh-you sense of background and the type of person that the los angeles police department and other authorities in southern california are dealing with. >> and police have said that dorner is extremely dangerous. it's not just his police training, is it? he also had some military background. >> reporter: yeah. he has extensive military training, martin. he is a marksman, pistol expert. he also has underwater sea train ing as well. if you remember a few days ago
we're following in the cnn newsroom for you. people in russia are cleaning up the damage after a meteor blast over theure rales. officials estimated the destruction at over $33 million. more than 1,000 people were injured in the meteor blast. divers looking for the meteor in a frozen lake have not found any traces so far. >>> in south africa, the country's olympic hero oscar pistorius denies killing his girlfriend on valentine's day. he's spending the weekend in jail. he's charged with the killing of his model girlfriend reva steenkamp with a .9 millimeter gun. the reality tv show featuring steenkamp premiered just a short time ago despite her death. >>> this could come out of the means. police in texas shoot and kill a fugitive who had a community on edge and schools on lock down for days. guards were driving alberto morales to las vegas. they stopped for a bathroom near dallas. that's when police stay he stabbed a guard with a pair of eyeglasses and took off. he was shot just midnight a few miles from there. the guard who was stabbed will be okay. >>> you could call it fiscal
in the "cnn newsroom." >>> bye-bye blizzard, that huge blizzard that came and conquered parts of the northeast is headed out to sea right now. it left a very white powdery calling card. people across the region are digging out today. connecticut, not boston, as predicted, was hit hardest with some cities getting more than 3 feet of snow. 65,000 customers across the region, they are without power. we're live in the storm zone and have a report straight ahead. >>> in chicago, first lady michelle obama is attending the funeral of a 15-year-old honor student and band majorette who was killed about a mile from the obamas' family home. hadiya pendleton was shot and killed while she and friends were trying to escape rain by seeking shelter in a children's park. the shooting happened just days after the teenager who always had a smile performed at the president's inauguration. a $40,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest. >>> he's considered armed and very violent. in los angeles, police are heading back up to into the air using helicopters to find the ex-cop they accuse of killing
this morning. erin mcpike is in wichita, kansas. jennifer delgado is live at the cnn weather center in atlanta. erin, let's start with you. how's it looking? >> reporter: well, it's not quite as heavy as it was last hour but it's still pretty heavy. we've seen snow plows go by here about six times in the last two hours and the roads are still covered. also we've got this ruler, we've been measuring. about an hour ago it was 4 inches. now we're at 5 1/2. but soledad, here's the interesting thing about this storm. we're calling it a thundersnow. there's thunder and lightning that goes along with it. i wish it would happen when i'm out here but i think we've got video, so let's play that video. i don't know if you can hear it. and that's why we're calling it the blizzard of oz. we've seen that a lot on twitter from some people in kansas, so we want to name this storm the blizzard of oz, soledad. >> i thought thundersnow was dramatic enough. let's get right to jennifer d delgado on where the storm is going to head next. >> right now we are watching the storm system and, soledad, this is awe huge o
years. get the secret of their success. >> good for them. meanwhile "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. >>> happening now, in "the newsroom." >> hey you! come here! [ gunfire ]. >> breaking overnight a new twist in the manhunt for christopher dorner. >> the reports earlier that a body was found inside were unconfirmed. >> reporter: the accused cop killer burying himself in this cabin set ablaze. this morning, charred remains of a body have been found inside. >>> from the shoot-out inleka ic california to the state of our union. >> gabby give fords deserves a vote, the families of newtown deserve a vote, the families of aurora deserve a vote. >> the plead from the president for congress to vote on tougher gun laws. >>> watergate, marco rubio and the bottle. did that really just happen? and beyonce's new film, "life is but a dream." >> people see celebrities and they have money and fame, but i'm a human being. i cry. i get scared. i get nervous, just like everyone else. >> reporter: we are on the red carpet for the l.a. premiere. find out why oprah says this is a game ch
. >> it is tuesday, february 5th. "starting point" begins now. >> today's panel of fabulous people, will cain, cnn contributor and columnist for, roland martin, cnn political analyst and chris frates, reports for "the national journal." thank you, gentlemen. >> great to see you all. >> in the man show. >> and brooke. >> so chipper. >> hey, good morning. >> wouldn't you be if you were surrounded by such handsomeness. >> manly types. >>> moving on the story we're grateful for the kindergartener gets to spend his sixth birthday safe and sound with his family tomorrow after spending nearly a week as a hostage in on underground bunker. yesterday the fbi stormed that bunker where ethan was being held captive by jimmy lee dykes. after negotiations deteriorated, fbi agents decided to go in. >> dykes was killed. last tuesday he shot and killed a school bus driver. the young boy, ethan who reportedly hases a. perger's and adhd was abducted and held in the bunker for six days, he is said to be okay at least physically right now. >> a little boy, a special child, he's been through a lot, he's end
should be barred for that. >> and cnn's casey wian live in irving, texas, where the scouts are headquarters. good morning, casey. >> good morning, soledad. a potentially historic vote that could be taken by the leadership of the boy scouts of america on the issue of gays in scouting. the boy scouts are considering a compromise. leaders of religious organizations that sponsor about a million boy scouts and activists pressuring the boy scouts of america to end its ban on openly gay scouts and scout masters can agree on one thing. they are not satisfied with the boy scouts' proposal to leave the issue up to local troops. >> we believe that this is going to be -- if they make this decision it will be a catastrophe for the boy scouts. >> we don't want to see scouting gerrymandered to blue and red districts. so the best solution would be to end discrimination outright. >> the boy scouts won't discuss their proposal. they have told leader of religious groups the change is motivated by pressure from corporate donors. more than a dozen like merck and american airlines have pulled fu
. i'm joined by my good friend, christine romans. john avlon is a cnn contributor and senior columnist at "newsweek" and the daily beast. margaret hoover is a cnn political contributor and republican consultant. christine, let's start with you. economists warn the sequester could lead to a recession. that's not scaring business away. american airlines and us airways will merge. warren buffett is buying heinz. michael dell is taking his company private. there's business going on. as you've said before, uncertainty is the new normal. >> absolutely. you see these movements within the corporate sphere that are telling us that they are trying to be on the offense. at the same time, you see a retrenchment deepening in europe. that europe story is so instructive for the discussion going on about the skweser in washington. by the way, there's going to be a ten-day break coming up for your elected officials, for our elected officials, so they don't have much time to get this straightened out. when you look at companies in america and merger and acquisition activity just beginning to get going a
. banana joe beating out five other dogs that won in their own categories to be the top dog. "cnn newsroom" continues right now. >>> homestretch. the nightmare cruise is getting closer to shore. the next 24 hours could be the worst yet. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >>> the hunt for fugitive is in flames. we're going inside chris dorner's final moments. >>> plus -- he inspired a jack nickholson character and today one of america's most notorious gangsters tells a judge why he should be let off the hook. >>> and a student sues for mediocre grade. my hot topics panel weighs in. >>> good to see you. i'm brooke baldwin live in the cnn world headquarters. california's largest manhunt is over. a killer ex-cop all but confirmed dead after that frantic last bid to escape that ended in fire and hail of bullets. here is how it all went down. >> guy's down! so it turns out, christopher dorner, already accused of three revenge killings, was hiding almost under the nose of the law. his demise all started with a single phone call, from two women he tied up in a cabin. then fish and game wardens s
was getting better. he spoke to cnn's don lemon last night. listen. >> she actually been doing very well. things were looking up for her. she had children with a boyfriend who ended up killing himself a few weeks ago. she was struggling after that. actually was admitted herself to a psychiatric facility. and there's a cautionary tale about the stigma of mental illness and the way in which the public attacks celebrities who take care of themselves. she became so fearful of the stigma and the way people were responding to her being hospitalized that she actually checked herself out prematurely and now we have what we have. >> you know, the mccready was not afraid to talk about her troubles. she posted a message to her fans on the website saying i haven't had a hit in a decade. i spent my fortune, tarnished my public view and made myself the brunt of punch line after punch line. i've been beaten, sued, robbed, arrested, jailed, and evicted but i'm still here. you know the heart of all these struggles she ultimately leaves two children without their mothers, two boys, 10 years old and 9 mont
. john king is cnn's chief national correspondent. john, what is the likelihood of this sequester, these forced budget cuts, going into effect starting friday? >> ali, there's no serious negotiations. so at the moment it looks like these will go in. you heard the from the. he not only wants the bigger deal, deficit reduction, long-term plan, but he said if we can't get that by march 1st we won't, we should do something temporary so the cuts don't take effect. there are some democrats who politically, including people in the white house, we see the president making public appeals but his own people privately say in the short term they have the political upper hand and it would help them and would hurt republicans in congress heading into the 2014 cycle to have this happen. both parties, both sides, if you will, are playing some short-term political calculations. republicans think, look, we've tried to get cuts from the president, gave him tax increases in the last minicrisis, and our only leverage is to get these cuts. athals think some of these predictions are more sky is falling
pendleton, the student was gunned down a week after performing at president obama's inauguration. cnn's athena jones has more. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama is returning to her hometown to attend a funeral of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. a bystander shot dead in a chicago park a week after she performed at the president's inauguration. vice president biden memorialized the young honor student in remarks to house democrats. >> this was no ordinary child. she was a child who had used social media urging her friends to speak out. don't join gangs. and now she's gone. >> pendleton was killed a mile from the first family's home in chicago. a city facing an epidemic of gun violence. it's an issue president obama has raised numerous times including in a speech after newtown. >> as a nation, we have endured far too many of these tragedies in the last few years. an elementary school in newtown, shopping mall in oregon, house of worship in wisconsin, a movie theater in colorado, countless street corners and places in places like chicago and philadelphia. >> reporter: and in a video me
toys. you can head to for more on his story. >>> thanks so much for starting your morning with us. we've got much more ahead on cnn saturday morning which starts right now. >>> good morning to you, hope you're having a great one so far. i'm susan hendricks. randi and victor are off today. it's 7:00 on the east coast. >>> you know the olympic hero known as blade runner is spending the weekend in jail until his bond hearing on tuesday. we're talking about oscar pistorius, he's charged with killing his model girlfriend reeva steenkamp on valentine's day. the reality show is still set to premiere tonight in south africa. listen. >> i'm talking mansions, butlers, sparkling turquoise waters of jamaica. welcome to tropika island of treasure. but paradise is not all that it seems. >> earl barnette joins us now on the phone. and her family is speaking out about this horrible loss. what are they saying? >> well, the family is understandably grieving. and they're wanting privacy from the media during this very difficult and tragic time for them. they won't be appreciative of the fact
commercials. >>> this is cnn breaking news. >> we're going to switch gears here. at least eight people were killed and dozens injured when a tour bus struck a pickup truck and rolled over on a treacherous highway in california. this happened in san bernardino, 80 miles south of los angeles. the road is so narrow that rescue workers have had a very difficult time reaching all the victims there. what is the very latest here? >> well, this is what chp is telling us now. there are eight people confirmed dead. but they say they believe that number is going to change. meaning they will find out many more people died in this crash. also, we've had our own count here. about 27 people have been taken to five local hospitals. six are critical. some of those are children. my photographer and i walked up to the crash site about a half mile from here. it is absolutely stunning to see what happened here. it looks as if this tour bus flipped over at one point. much of it is caved in right above where the driver would sit. we understand people were ejected from the bus. in this crash scene you can clearly
u.s. computer hacks. >> and more breaking news. cnn learning eight masked thieves have made off with 50 million from brussels airport. plus, a 1-70 million chance. not only that a texas woman give birth to quadruplets. but two sets of identical twins. coming up, meet manuel and tessa montalvo and the kids, live. >>> new trouble discovered with the dreamliner's batteries. that and more in my business report. >>> tuesday, february 19th. "starting point" begins now. >>> all right. welcome, everybody. breaking news this morning in the oscar pistorius murder case. pistorius releasing a statement about premeditated murder charges against him saying this. i fail to understand how i could be charged with murder as i had no intention to kill my girlfriend. at his bail hearing, still going on as we speak, the judge ruling that premeditated murder charge, the severest charge in south african law, will stand and that makes it highly unlikely that the olympian, accused of killing his girlfriend, will be given any kind of bail. these new pictures of pistorius in court this morning. he was sob
all the developments mean with cnn legal contributor paul callan. >>> developing overnight, the search is on for victims in the rubble of a done town kansas city restaurant after a natural gas explosion. take a look at those pictures. it was happy hour at j.j.'s one of the city's most popular restaurants, when the explosion literally ripped the roof off. residents nearby say a lot of the buildings shook. two people are missing and dozens were hurt in the blast and fire which may have been triggered by an accident involving a utility contractor. cnn's ted allow larowlands is l kansas city for us. >> reporter: at this point, they have suspended the search for the two missing people, a man and woman. the explosion took place just after 6:00 last night at a very popular restaurant which is now completely gone. the explosion can which witnesses say could be felt blocks away instantly engulfed brie flying into the air. >> i just live two blocks down. brie flying into the air. >> i just live two blocks down. we felt it shaking. >> reporter: reports of the smell of gas an hour before the explo
really struggled. cnn nichelle turner live for us this morning. >> a very talented and troubled life she led. mindy mccready recently was seeking help. checking into rehab earlier this month she appeared with dr. drew on his show, celebrity rehab. as far as he knew, she was trying to get better. he spoke to don lemon last night. >> she had actually been doing very well. things looking up for her. she had children with a boyfriend who ended up killing himself a few weeks ago. she was struggling after that. actually admitted herself to a psychiatric facility. and there is a cautionary tale about the stigma of mental illness and the way the public attacks celebrities who take care of themselves. she became so fierceful of the stigma and the way people responding to her being hospitalized that she actually checked herself out prematurely and now we have what we have. >> at the heart of mccready's struggle, she leaves two kids without their mother. 6 years old and 10 months old. that's the heart-breaking aspect to the tragedy. soledad, mccready made a lot of public declarations about her life
in a moment. cnn political analyst and chris john farley, editorial director of digital features of "the wall street journal." and john berman as well. let's talk commercials. thumbs up overall for the ads last night, or you think create 'til they were a little -- >> i thought it was a mediocre showing. the game was better than the commercials, not what usually happens. people pay a lot of money for these commercials, $3. mi8 milln per 30-second spot. i thought the jeep ad with oprah winfrey had some emotion. god made a farmer pulled at the heartstrings, but nothing -- >> i thought they were good. i thought it was funny. i think a lot of people tune in to the super bowl for the ads. i know that. you told us plenty of times that football is not your thing. >> rugby now -- >> i thought they were humorous, funny. >> some were good. remember after 9/11? the quality of the ads was spectacular. so much emotion that they were tapping into. and it was really incredible. and i would agree with you. some were funny, some were gross. >> you are talking about the godaddy ad. can we show that. >> no, let'
that point. >> except remember something too. part of what you see when you turn on cnn or other stations are people in america projecting their cultural kind of assumptions onto south africa. i -- i saw somebody the other night, may have been on this show, saying, wait, he didn't call 911, which factually was not correct. they have something there. but that isn't the person he would have called is perfectly normal according to people i know in south africa for who you would call. i agree with you, it's not the american system, but you -- i think this guy has a pretty good defense based on what i talked to people in south africa, his kind of paranoia, his fear of crime. i don't think that's something so outlandish. >> the prosecutor has really been trying to portray pistorius as a flight risk, his unwillingness to recognize his crime heightens the flight ris.? do you agree with that? >> why wouldn't he have every incentive in the world to clear his name? he has an able defense team. i think that's very compelling. i think he will get bail. i'll be crazy and make the prediction. >> as i un
it is because of age and fatigue. we're getting the editor of cnn's belief blog. thank you for talking to us. we know that the pope can resign, canon law in 1917 made it possible. that said, it's incredibly unusual. >> yeah it is incredibly unusual. i was speaking with archbishop a few months ago in springfield and archbishop of miami. he said keep in mind, cardinal ratzinger when he was a cardinal had every intention of retiring. archbishops are forced into retirement at age of 75 if they have not been elevated to cardinal. before he became pope benedict, he every intention of hanging it up are, stepping into the summer of his life and enjoying retirement. he was in many ways a surprise candidate to the pope initially as we talked about. forced retirement, many of them look forward to. i have talked to a lot of cardinals in the retirement age and when you reach that age, keep in mind, many have been studying to be priests since they were teens. they look forward to not being in that position. the other thing i have been talking about, pope john ii died in office. not sure we'll see that from th
. the hospital has not responded to cnn's request for comment. >>> number two, jesse jackson jr. now admits he used campaign funds for personal expenses. the former congressman reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. jackson and his wife were accused of using around $750,000 from his campaign on things like furs, michael jackson memorabilia, and $43,000 for a watch. a rollex. they will pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars and still could face time in prison. >>> number three, and check this outen the right-hand side of your screen, a small fire ball over san francisco caught on tape. what was it? well, it's kind of scary if you think about the meteor that exploded over russia this week. but no such blast happened over the golden gate. >>> number four, more details on the death of renegade cop christopher dorner. according to initial autopsy reports, the 33-year-old died from a single gun shot wound to the head that was likely self-inflicted after tuesday's standoff with police. dorner's being blamed for killing four people and injuring at least three others as part of a vendetta aga
afternoon through saturday morning. we'll continue to monitor here at cnn. >>> also new this morning, u.s. secrets possibly exposed. iran claiming it's decoded now released some footage from a downed u.s. drone. the man identified as a member of iran's military narrated the black and white aerial footage as it was broadcast on iranian state media. he claims that it's a drone that iran downed back in 2011. >>> also this morning, president obama giving in to congressional demands. he will release classified documents that explain the legal justification for drone strikes that kill u.s. terror suspects overseas. >>> and adding to the drama, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia and the architect of the drone policy, he'll appear before the senate intelligence committee today. lots to talk about with barbara starr who's following all these developments for us this morning from the pentagon. barbara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. all about spice and drones this morning, isn't it? well, this video has not yet been confirmed as the genuine article by the admini
to kick in on march 1st. jim acosta, cnn, washington. >> you saw ted nugent in jim's piece. gun control was one of the topics covered in last night's state of the union address. the president and members of congress personally invited people affected by gun violence. we'll speak with one member and her guest who came next. (push button tone)oon. c. this is stacy from springfield. oh whoa. hello? yes. i didn't realize i'd be talking to an actual person. you don't need to press "0," i'm here. reach a person, not a prompt whenever you call chase sapphire. why should saturday night have all the fun? get two times the points on dining in restaurants, with chase sapphire preferred. how did i know? well, i didn't really. see, i figured low testosterone would decrease my sex drive... but when i started losing energy and became moody... that's when i had an honest conversation with my doctor. we discussed all the symptoms... then he gave me some blood tests. showed it was low t. that's it. it was a number -- not just me. [ male announcer ] today, men with low t have androgel 1.62% (testosterone
obama earlier today reinforcing his plans for new gun legislation said -- a recent cnn poll january 14th and 15th. gun registration now, 69% of americans supported that. ban on extended ammo clips, 58%. clear majority in every case of americans that you say i don't understand actually agree with me, not you. what is your response to what the president is trying to do? which of his proposals do you agree with? >> well, i think i can frame it best by identifying the scammer in chief who claims that just to save one life would be worth this. >> isn't it worth it? >> he had a chance to save four americans in benghazi and refused to do so. now he's sending f-16s to egypt. how can you believe him. he's been clued in by the clueless majority that is so out of touch they still call magazines clips, they call personal defense weapons assault weapons, which is a nomen clat tour created by the anti-gun -- i don't agree with president obama on any of that stuff. >> do you agree with universal background checks? >> no. >> why? >> because the government doesn't need to know who has what. >> of course
of newsroom and i know it is loosely based on what we do at cnn. so thank you very much. we hope you're watching us as well. >> i'm a huge fan of you guys. i came to visit the studio in new york and it is part of my research, and i just -- my admiration for what you do is just boundless. >> thank you. thank you for joining us and we'll be joining you, inside the party later. one of the stars of newsroom. and as i was saying before, nischelle, some winners and some losers, a few losers on the red carpet tonight at the oscars. jennifer lawrence, i thought, looked beautiful. and i think the clip that will be played around the world tomorrow is her tripping as she -- up the stairs as she went to accept her award. but i have to say, from the fashion standpoint, you could see that gown laid out and, boy, was it a beautiful pale pink and white silk dior haute couture
on a defense nominee, but hagel's nomination is scheduled for a vote tomorrow. >>> this just in to cnn, warren buffett is getting into the ketchup business apparently. buffe buffett's berkshire hath awaway with 3g capital are buying the ketchup maker for the low, low price of $28 billion. lot of ketchup, a big business deal. mayor michael bloomberg set to unveil his latest green initiative, a war on plastic foam. bloomberg will propose a city wide ban on plastic foam food packaging, in his final state of the city speech, part of an effort to increase the city's recycling rate. the mayor conquered transfats and is fighting against super sized sodas. >> no big shock on that one. >> especially those in the sire foam cups. >> that's a two-fer, you're in big trouble in new york if you do that. >>> lots of questions surrounding how the police handled the final standoff with christopher dorner. did they try to burn him out? former commissioner of the nypb bill bratton will join us next. [ male announcer ] this is bob, a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announ
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